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【多倫多短宣中心消息與代禱】2018 年 1 月

 

神恩典的腳印

傅濤

我叫傅濤,出生在北京,父母在科研部門工作。我生活在知識分子的環境中,在父母教養及環境的熏陶下,耳濡目染地形成了科學至上的根深蒂固的觀念,從來沒有思考過信仰的問題,認為那些都是迷信的東西,應該徹底拋棄,只有科學能夠振興中華,興邦立國。

大學畢業以後,我被分配到科研單位從事計算機開發應用的工作。由於我努力工作,勤學好問,很快就能在工作中獨當一面,成為單位中的骨幹,也曾經多次因為工作出色而獲得獎勵,就更加讓我覺得自己很了不起,認為只要我肯努力,沒有做不到的事情。

之後我到一家公司工作,事業的方向由科研轉向經營和管理。那些年在市場中摸爬打滾,耳聽眼見了很多官場弄虛作假,和商場上的爾虞我詐。工作幾年以後,我開始厭倦這樣的生活方式。終於,在 1999 年,我和妻子兒子移民到加拿大,開始了全新的陌生的生活。

這個時候,我和太太開始接觸教會,因為教會裡有很多人很有愛心,給我們很多幫助,所以我們很願意來教會,與教會的弟兄姊妹開始交往,他們也都熱心的向我們傳福音,但是我仍然硬著心腸沒有信主。之後的兩年,由於工作的緣故,我們從多倫多搬到密市,就沒有再去教會。

但是神有豐富的憐憫,祂沒有放棄我們,2003 年初的一天,因為一個很偶然的機會,我們知道這裡有一間教會,就是證道浸信會美城堂,我們第一次來到教會就被弟兄姐妹的熱情所感動,這是離家許久的兒女回家的感覺。從那天起,我們一家就沒有間斷教會的聚會直到今天。

同年五月,我們參加了教會舉辦的每年一次的福音營,當年的講員是吳克定牧師,主題是「生命工程」。在福音營裏,我被吳牧師傳講的信息所打動,耶穌為了我們的罪被釘死在十字架上,讓我震撼和驚愕,我知道自己內心深處有很多污穢和貪婪,在聖潔的主面前讓我無地自容,祂卻願意為我捨命犧牲,使我脫離罪疚感和罪的捆綁,背負我的重擔,讓我的心靈得釋放、得平安,而這一切都是神的恩典,我只要接受祂、相信祂就能夠得著。 我聽道的時候,心被恩感,淚流滿面。我不再猶豫,就在福音營和太太一起決志信主。

從那一刻起,我心頭的重擔挪開了,儘管當時我們還面臨生活的壓力: 我太太剛剛失業,還沒有找到合適的事業方向;剛買的房子又要還貸款;面前還有許多的困難要我們去面對。但是我們心中卻是被喜樂所充滿,因為我們已經有了永生的盼望,眼前這些困難都是暫時的,只管放心交託給神,并靠著主加添給我們的力量,就可以勝過一切的艱難。

感謝神,祂伴隨我們走過風風雨雨,回顧我們走過的足跡,都看到神恩典的腳印,在我們前後左右環繞我們,神的愛不離不棄,帶領、伴隨我們走在蒙福之路上。

 

我的得救見證 -- 神改變了我

何鄭燕玲

我第一次接觸基督教就是在中學一年級的時候, 坐在我旁邊的同學是一個基督徒。當我們熟絡之後,她向我提及耶穌,也送了本新約聖經給我,我很有興趣閱讀並嘗試學習祈禱。當時,我的生活圈子很狹窄只有家庭和學校,我不知道有教會也不知道在那裏可以多認識基督教。當我漸漸長大,需要面對很多很現實的問題 ,如能否繼續升學、投身社會找工作、經濟壓力、家庭成員繁多、居住環境狹窄、家人朋友之間的關係等等,我變得很情緒化和悲觀。外表看來我很好,很懂得為自己打算,對家人常報喜不報憂,因父母為口奔馳生活忙碌,也幫不上忙和顧不了那麼多。

為了掩飾苦惱的家庭背景,我跟同學、朋友、親戚也沒有真心友善交往,常好勝好鬥,常跟人比較,慢慢就落入了一個自大又自卑的苦況。我感覺到好空虛無助和常背著好沉重的負擔,很困惑如此生活有什麼意義呢?人生又有什麼價值?有好幾次當我好失意的時候,我曾向上帝呼求,如果禰是真的存在,請禰拯救我,求禰給我機會能認識到禰,否則,請禰接我回去,我真的不想再這樣生活下去 。

後來我移民加拿大,在一個比較舒適幽靜的環境開始新生活。認識了很多新朋友,當中有基督徒,他們介紹並帶我到教會,這真是我第一次踏足教會,感覺很溫暖。之後,我有繼續返教會聚會,從主日學和牧師的教導,多認識了神和祂為我們預備的救恩。我確信上帝回應了我的呼求,他真的賜我機會能夠認識祂,因我的過犯和罪性遠離神,與神隔絕,自己也不能救自己,但創造天地宇宙的上帝,祂為世人預備了救恩,正如聖經中約翰福音3章16節說: 「神愛世人, 甚至將祂的獨生子賜給他們,叫一切信他的不至滅亡, 反得永生。」 後來我決志相信接受神作我的救主,懇求祂原諒我過往犯的錯,並邀請主耶穌進入我生命,成為我生命的主,其後我有機會回港探家人,我也將這個美好的福音帶給他們,當中有好些家人也信主了。

信主以後,不代表生活一切順利毫無困難,但神卻是很願意與我一齊經歷每天的生活,所以他留下聖經給世人作為教導和指引,又賜聖靈常陪伴提醒我,也讓我藉著祈禱與衪多親近;又賜我有教會生活,有弟兄姊妹互助互愛,靠著主耶穌我確實經歷到價值觀和心思意念上的改變 ,更常有平安喜樂的心境,以前的情緒化和悲觀,也慢慢被神的愛感化改變了。 我常讚嘆聖經教導的真理,可以如此歷久常新,常被主耶穌犧牲的愛深受感動,也經歷過祈禱交託支持的力量。 與家人朋友的關係因為有讓耶穌介入,比以前和諧得多了。時間過得很快,神拯救和保護我已廿多年了,我希望善用我的餘生,多傳福音多作神喜悅的事情,也甚願我未信主的家人和週邊的朋友也可以信靠耶穌,得著福氣,接受救恩。願榮耀歸神。

 

在逆境中依靠神
Shirley 廖碧兒

移民加拿大前我過著很典型的香港人生活,很貪戀物質。雖然我對物質不斷追求,但始終未能滿足內心的需要。香港的生活節奏很快,亦多姿多釆; 因日間工作十分忙碌, 晚間便找節目鬆弛神經。忙碌工作後,便要耍樂一番。當時我有一位基督徒同事,他也曾嘗試向我和其他同事傳福音,但我們總是不願意聽,覺得不需要和無時間。因為我們貪戀眼前的享樂,只著眼在吃喝玩樂當中,其實在玩樂之後,內心仍是空虛失落。在逆境中,我會相信看面相和掌相之類,因為對生命沒有把握。對睇相的結果,我只渴求好的事情,卻不願相信壞的事情。

移民加拿大後,我因感到生活方式必須改變,便開始返教會。在教會認識主耶穌,並得著永生。我的身體素常十分健康,不能想像竟然腦裏長了一個像雞蛋般大的瘤,需要開刀將瘤割掉。假若我未認識主耶穌,這可令我嚇破膽,或有很多恐懼及憂慮。如手術存在的危險性,死亡的恐懼感及復原的机會等。但感謝神,衪的恩手拖著我,四小時的大手術十分順利,康復的進度亦令人滿意。回想當時我只是用自己單純的心去倚靠神,在等候排期做手術的一個月中,我每晚跪在床邊向神禱告,求神賜我安靜及平安的心,神就這樣應允我,保守和看顧我。在進入手術室時,我真是感到很平靜,一點緊張也沒有,我感謝神與我同在。

經過這次手術,我經歷主耶穌的恩典, 我對生命更有把握。我不再需要依靠睇相之類的事來欺騙自己,得著主耶穌,我感到滿足,不像從前追求物慾,卻無法得到滿足。縱然因著手術及藥物令我現今的体重增加了不少,但我仍能喜樂滿足,皆因我不再像從前般重視外表。我實在以主耶稣為至寶,我亦將這個完美的福音傳給在香港的朋友,願神在當中作工,願將一切榮耀頌讚都歸予天上的父神。

Personal conversion Testimony

Peggy Chung
A voice in my head told me to turn my steering wheel into the church parking lot on a Saturday in November 2001. As I parked and got out of the car, my heart was pounding so hard and fast that I looked up and said "YOU know why I am here!" Truly what I was saying to God at that time was, "I don't know why I am here, but you know..." Little did I know about what was happening, I just prayed my first prayer to God! Also, little did I know I took my first step towards God by faith!

Prior to this incident, my 16-year old daughter came home twice every two months and told me that her friends go to church. However, she said she wasn't interested in going to church when asked. I did not take this lightly and started wondering my life as well as the church that was just down the street. One Saturday as I passed by the church, a voice in my head told me to turn my steering wheel into the church parking lot and that act shaped the course of my family's future.

As I got out of the car and walked up the steps into the church, I was nervous. I saw no one except the janitor, Luigi. I asked whether there was anyone there at church. He said they were all in the basement. I did not dare to go as I worried that if something was missing there, I would be blamed for it. The janitor was very kind and said, "Come with me." We went downstairs and those who were down there became quiet and they stared at me. An elderly gentleman with a very soft voice approached me and enquired why I was there. I asked about worship and when I found out we shared the same last name, I felt very connected to him. He encouraged me to come to English worship in the following day. Hindsight looking back, God placed two very kind and loving people in front of me to express warmth and encouragement. Praise God for that!

On the next day, Sunday, since my husband had to work, I took both my children to church. I told them to dress in their Sunday best - no running shoes and wearing their dressy clothes. When we got there, my son said, "Mom, I think we are the only ones who dressed up like this." All the young people were dressed very casually in jeans and T-shirts! I thought, "Oh no!" Nevertheless, it was too late to retreat. We walked bravely into the church. People were very friendly, and there were two young people, Henry and Kitty, who came up to us and shook our hands. Since then, they had been doing this consistently every week when we were there. After the first Sunday worship, my children enjoyed it so much they told Daddy that he too had to attend in the following Sunday since he did not need to work. So you would think this is the start of the whole family going to church? Not quite!

After a few Sundays, my children enjoyed going to church so much that they voluntarily decided to attend Sunday school every Sunday at 9:30 am. That was totally a sigh of bliss for me. I would drop them off at church and I would return home for peace and quiet without the kids for three hours straight. What a joy! Then one day my daughter broke her silence and said "Mom, you cannot just drop us off at church. You must come to church too." I felt guilty and a bit uneasy. I started returning to church after a few weeks of staying away.


However, I felt I did not need church. I was perfect. There is nothing wrong with me. I was just going for the sake of going. Others need church because they are struggling with something and I am not. One day, a sermon's message spoke of love for others and giving generously to others. The message convicted me of a lack of sensitivity to what I actually need. It is difficult for me to love others sometimes, and it is difficult for me to give to those whom I do not know. I am often judgmental and I started to realize I might appear okay on the outside but inside I judge others, am jealous of others, and difficult to love others. I preferred to stay home and let the world go by so that I did not have to deal with people and their mannerisms. I slowly realized I needed God to change me. Henry advised me to start reading the four books of Gospels in the Bible. I did and I realized all these books are about Jesus Christ. I read about His death on the cross to bear our sins and His resurrection and believing in Him by faith will lead to an eternal life with Him from now on and forever. I had no idea about the significance of Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection until then. How did I not know especially for the fact that I have attended a Roman Catholic school all my life? How is it that no one ever told me this? I knew at that moment I wanted to change for the better but it was impossible to do it on my own but with God's help through faith in Jesus Christ, all is possible. I confessed with my mouth and believed in my heart that Jesus is my Lord and Saviour and that was in 2003. Since then, by God's grace, my daughter and I were both baptized in 2003. My husband and son got baptized a few years later.

I have hope with the Holy Spirit in me, I can slowly but surely be changed. Even though I still see people as imperfect. However, I am also imperfect and Jesus died for me, so who gives me a right to judge anyone else? If someone annoys me, I try to see them through the eyes of Jesus. Miraculously, I see many good traits in that person. As a child of God, I praise and thank Him for never abandoning me and forever teaching me what it means to bear His image in me. God does not look what my appearance looks like but care more my inner beauty but what is in my heart. I pray that as children of God we continue to bring glory to His name! Amen.

 

 

佈道小貼士

tips向家人佈道小貼士(十三) -- 你知道他們不信主耶穌的原因嗎? (8)-- 傳統問題

 

傳統問題是許多信徒向家人傳福音所面對的難題,如:中國人應信奉中國人的宗教信仰、中國人祭祖的觀念、孝道和儒家學說等,到今天仍是具有莫大的影響力,向他們分享福音是有一定的難度,特別對於基督徒的長子和兒媳等壓力不少。要解開這個結不是避開,乃是需要積極面對、求主賜智慧、勇氣、恆久的愛心和持之而恆的保持著與家人良好的關係,並要細心去做,禱告不倦,主必定同在和賜恩典能力,定有一天家人能相信主耶穌為救主。如:定期的禱告、定期的探訪關懷或聯絡、定期的心意表達、把握機會分享見證和鼓勵與他們一同禱告,甚至分享信仰等,他們必定會把這些「點點滴滴在心頭」,到了時候,就會看見美好的收成。

神供應養生需要
攝影: Eric Lau

eric

 

上帝說:「看哪!我將遍地上一切結種子的菜蔬,和一切樹上所結有核的
果子,全賜給你們作食物。」(創世記一章29節)

神就是愛,不僅創造了人類;也眷顧人;供應一切養生需要:四時蔬果,
源源不絕,實在感恩!。
 

中心消息與代禱

1. 請為短宣中心在來年 2018 年的事工發展禱告。求主讓我們與更多教會合作,不但華人教會佈道事工,也包括英語教會佈道事工,把短宣佈道異象、負擔和精神推廣至大多市不同教會中。也希望有本土和外地短宣行動,求主感動教會,讓我們進到他們中間,服事大多市教會,使信徒興起,廣傳福音。

2. 請為短宣中心 2018 年 1-4 月份課程禱告,求主感動更多信徒參加培訓,成為基督精兵,在邪惡的世代中敢於為主作見證。週二-關懷社區佈道;週三-佈道國語;週四-佈道講道學;週五-佈道應對學;週六-第27屆週末實用個人佈道訓練。

3. 請為大多倫多國語教牧同工團契舉辦 5 月份摯愛中華之「五戴一路中華情」佈道會禱告。短宣中心兼負佈道培訓工作,求主感動所有大多市教會積極參與培訓,也賜恩給各培訓同工。求主感動信徒積極邀請未信親友參加佈道會,信徒靈命復興,把得救的人數加給教會,使教會興旺,在社區中為主發光。

4. 請為短宣中心現正尋找一位IT佈道同工禱告。具備電腦及網頁資訊操作經驗、懂中文打字和流利國語,願意謙卑學習熱心佈道,有團隊精神。同時,必需教牧同工推薦,求主為我們預備合適同工。

5. 請為短宣學生們的學習精神和追求心志禱告。在來年的新學期中,學生們能常保持一個儆醒不斷的追求心志,恆切的禱告生活和堅定不撓的意志,願意不斷突破界限,為主向前奔跑。

6. 求主使用每月定期出版的真理報、手機版真理報和 Facebook 網頁等禱告。求主使用不同版面和平台向不同地區和國家的華人分享福音信息;也求主賜恩給撰寫文章的作者們,賜他們智慧和聰明,有真理立場和屬靈的視野,洞悉現今世代的實況,喚醒信徒和非信徒對尋找生命的方向和有渴求真理的心。

7. 請為每月 1 次的餐飲聚會和每週 1-2 次的餐飲佈道探訪和跟進栽培探訪禱告;與此同時,我們也作商舖佈道和跟進栽培等探訪行動。所以求主賜力量給同學們和同工們的參與,能有系統和計劃地關懷他們,讓他們對信仰有更多的了解和認識,靈命成長。

8. 短宣中心現正招募禱告。1. 有佈道心志或跟進栽培的義工;參與向味香村餐飲朋友們及向商舖老闆或員工等關懷。2. 辦公室和真理報義工。期望能發揮團隊精神,有效地服事大多市的華人教會。

9. 「一人一生獻一年」之「本土宣教士」的召命。1 月份新學期將至,求主感動大多市教牧同工,推薦有佈道心志召命的信徒一位至二位作本土宣教士,不但為教會培訓佈道人才,並預備他們將來可投身成為傳道人、帶職宣教士或福音同工。受訓期間以  1/3 時間上課、1/3 時間多元佈道實習和 1/3 時間在教會事奉或實習。若有個別有傳福音心志召命的信徒,可以與我們聯絡和查詢。在末後的日子中,求主興起信徒們向社區、鄰舍、親友和家人,承擔使命,不單盡上本份,也要還福音的債!

 

 

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